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James

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  • Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (349)

    To the costermongers of Covent Garden Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie - and why? Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death.

    connie says: "listen saved by last quarter of novel but..."
    "After a long wait for new Masie didn't even finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a huge Winspear fan. Her characters are richly developed and her stories usually transport the reader both geographically and psychologically. Masie is by far one of my favorite fictional characters - she is intelligent, intuitive, loving and brave.

    But "Elegy" doggedly takes all the characters down paths that they don't seem meant to go. Masie, after a life of bravery and self-confidence is now this woman on a self destructive path motivated by fear of success? What? Where did that come from? Suddenly she is all about punishing herself for her success. Are we really supposed to believe that a woman trained in psychology and meditation can't work through these challenges without becoming so willfully self destructive?

    Winspear's choices with Masie reminded me of the cliche male detective that is so damaged by life that they are condemned to a life of solitude because they can't make a good choice to save thier lives. Some people may find that scenario romantic - I'm shocked to see Masie drawn with those lines. I expected so much more and feel like a dear friend has been erased.

    I wonder what Winspear was trying to say here.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Cassidy is a dream narrator.


    Was Elegy for Eddie worth the listening time?

    No did not finish after multiple tries.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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